5 Design Trends to Refresh Your Home for Fall

While the world is running around in their street style best enjoying the chaos of the concrete jungle, that is New York Fashion Week — we have other things on our mind. Fashion has always been a passion, but it will never stand in the way of our one, true, love: design. When asked to make a decision between recaps of the runway or sightings from the latest design showroom, it’s a no brainer: decor me, please! It’s why instead of chatting our favorite Spring 2015 moments — although, did you see the Tome and Suno show? Ok, how ‘bout Mara Hoffman? And dammit J Crew, I think you got us again. So good. But anywho. We’ve rounded up five design trends we’re loving for the new season!

Like Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, clusters of pendant lights are still going steady this season and are in fact H-O-T-T-E-R than ever. We love this high contrast matte black trio against an all white backdrop!

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Marbleizing everything is everything right now! Since we trust you won’t be adding gorgeous slab counter tops to your world anytime soon, why not get a marble fix with smaller, more accessible accessories! These goodies {from H&M no less!} would pretty your fall table right up!

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Gold cabinets. They’re not really trending, but they can be if you want them to be. And we want them to be…Is this even real life?

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Sure, we’ve all got a sheep skin {or three, preferably Icelandic!} in our homes these days, but how about adding a furry little seat? Shearling stools seem to be having a moment. They’re popping up everywhere – even Nate Berkus has a version for Target! While we’re still not entirely sold on this one, a sassy little stool is certainly a fun way to add a twist to your space without making a major design commitment.

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But we are all for adding a divan. Half bed, half couch, 100% chic. I’m stalking 1stdibs as I type.

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And those my friends, are five fall design trends that will quickly catapult you to days of pumpkin spiced lattes and too much TV. It’s why we’re currently running, nay sprinting, {in our trending Normcore outfits!} all the way to the hardware store! —Bianca

image 1 via Norm Architects // 2 via // 3 by Brooke Holm via Vogue Living // 4 via // 5 via 

Tasty Tuesday: {Cook Here, Eat This}

It’s finally raining in California- a rare and pleasant sight to see. Who knew I’d actually miss the rain {although I just got my fill after coming back from a weekend in Seattle!} But I was beginning to get worried about this months-long drought and the fact that we were sliding into March with no wet weather under our belts.

While this week’s rainy forecast is great for the state, it’s not for the waist. All I want to do is cozy down and eat every yummy thing in sight, including this White Cheddar Polenta with Chard and Wild Mushrooms! Nom, nom.

I can practically taste the cheesiness of the polenta and the bitterness of the chard right through that picture! Talk about something soul-warming and delicious! Doesn’t it look like the perfect meal to stir up on a dreary day? While I can’t wait to give this recipe a whirl, I also have to pay proper tribute to this kitchen- hello!

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I’m in love with that cream pendant – the wood accented top is so lovely. And the way the hexagon tile backsplash doesn’t finish with a clean line?? That’s a brilliant design decision to highlight the tile’s geometric shape and honeycomb pattern. The all white dishes are a sight that never gets old for me and the streamlined white faucet plus European SMEG are just icing on the cake- of which, I want seconds!

See? Now I want cake to go along with my polenta. “Rain, rain…” you must go away! But for now, we cook!

Polenta with White Cheddar, Chard & Wild Mushrooms by Williams-Sonoma 

Ingredients:

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups polenta
2 bunches chard, tough stems removed
1 lb. assorted wild mushrooms such as chanterelles, porcini, morels or lobster mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. minced shallots
1 cup white Cheddar cheese, shredded or crumbled

Directions:

In a large saucepan over high heat, bring 8 cups water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add the polenta in a slow, steady stream, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the polenta pulls away from the sides of the pan, 40-45 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the chard and mushrooms. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the chard leaves, folding them to fit, and the rosemary sprig. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the chard ribs are easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Chop coarsely and squeeze dry. Set aside.

In a frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the shallots and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are tender, 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Reserve the juices.

When the polenta is ready, stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, all but 1/4 cup (1 oz./30 g.) of the cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and cook until the butter and cheese have melted, 3-4 minutes longer. Return the frying pan you cooked the mushrooms in to medium-high heat. Warm the juices, then add the chard and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until hot and well coated with the juices. Season with 1/2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper.

Spoon the polenta into a large serving bowl, top with the chard and mushrooms, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Serve at once. Serves 4-6.

 

PS: Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more, ahem, alcoholic to warm you up? Check out some of our go-to winter cocktails that we wrapped up last week, right here!

image 1 via The Minimalist Home // 2 + recipe via Taste Williams Sonoma 

Live Here, Decorate With This

We recently featured Bar and Co., a haven in Helsinki where good design and good cocktails collide. Designed by our of-the-moment favorite interior designer, Joanna Laajisto, we just can not get enough of her entire portfolio, but when we came across her personal home tour, we found our true love: the minimal, yet warm and livable design!

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Although the base of the color palette is a crisp white, the layers of black, cream and pale pinks really make this a cozy and inviting space. I mean, I want to roll around on that Moroccan rug {why does the totally over-exposed trend feel fresh in that room?}

Balancing crisp and modern with soft, comfortable pieces can be so tricky to get right, but layering texture, color and style is something that Joanna knows best. After taking serious notes from our interview with this design extraordinaire, we put our learnings to the test. If you want to live in an understated yet perfect space like Joanna’s, decorate with this!

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Not only are the above options a great place to start when recreating this design, they’re also so affordable! I’m adamant about finding a spot for a cool clamp light in the new office design and that three tiered pendant could look amazing over the team desk. So many good options! We’ve been dying over anything black and white these days. Could you tell?!

If you’re obsessed with the breakdown of spaces and color palettes, we write these types of posts monthly over at 55 Downing Street- check them out here!

images via Residence // photography by Mikko Ryhanen